Morris Gleitzman


September 2021

$19.99 AU

314p pb

ISBN: 978-0143793243

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Do you enjoy action, novels and history? If so, then Always, by Morris Gleitzman, is a book you must read. As the final book of the multi-award-winning Once series, a series of books about how the resistant Jewish people dealt with the Nazi party and other bullies, this novel offers an exciting, action-packed read while teaching you history at the same time.

Always is a story about a 10-year-old boy, Wassim, who attempted to avoid the threat of a vicious gang of thugs known as the Iron Weasels, a crazed fanatic group of the Nazi Party, with support from his uncle and a wartime friend of his grandfather, Felix Salinger. During his mission, they unexpectedly discovered the location of a rumoured 'Nazi Treasure Train', which could greatly assist their campaign. Furthermore, a person named Cyryl Szynsky offered to protect Wassim from the Iron Weasels. It seemed like everything was going perfectly... until they discovered that Cyryl had led them to a trap. Before the team managed to escape, they were forced to leak the train's location to the Iron Weasels.

I cannot tell you how the book ends, but I can tell you what I liked most about the book. The language used in the book is not very complex, making it easy to read and understand. The book also mainly uses short sentences to allow the reader to have time to digest information. Furthermore, this book has a lot of unexpected happenings, making the reader want to read on. This book is recommended for people aged ten and over.

Who will get to the train first and win the 'war'? Well, that is for you to find out!

Yanfu, Year 7

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